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“Best Mezza ever, but some lost-in-translation costs”
Review of itzik hagadol

itzik hagadol
Ranked #128 of 1,652 Restaurants in Tel Aviv
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $15
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed April 29, 2013

This is my second visit, the first was in 2008 based on a taxi driver recommendation. The cold salads come at a fast pace and fill every inch of your table. And they are fantastic - very creative and tasty. We had a problem that I thought I was ordering a 20 NIS lamb skewer and when I saw the bill it was a 150 NIS lamb item. Just a misunderstanding, but I felt really slammed.

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1  Thank davidcstewart
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

Some people kosher (i.e. ok for orthodox Jews to eat) means bland. Not so. This place is a good example. Classic menu in what is called in Israel an Oriental restaurant - namely Mediterranean and Arabic salads and all kinds of grilled meat and fish. Busy and noisy in the evenings

1  Thank dlisbona
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

The salads were very good a copious. The service was poor -- aggressive and unprofessional. I was hosting associates and we are all slow eaters, so I requested that the main dishes be delayed. They arrived much too soon, and I sent them back. When they were delivered later, they were dry. Then, in the middle of our meal, before 23:00, ie early by local standards, they started to sweep the floor and polish it with a noisy mechanical polisher, right under our noses. Our comments didn't help. The food was good, despite being overcooked, and the cost was reasonable. Not sure I would go there again.

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Thank Michael G
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Forget what your Hilton concierge recommended--he's somebody's brother-in-law. Salads are so-so, fish is overcooked, steak was a bad cut of meat. Waitstaff is constantly pressuring you to buy more food. But a least it was expensive. The last time I was there, I found that the waitstaff works for tips only, so if you go, tip accordingly. There are too many great places to go in Tel Aviv to eat here.

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Reviewed April 4, 2013

Vast array of stunning salads and dips accompanied by home made Laffa bread quelled the hunger of myself and eating companions. The dishes hit the table almost as we sat down. The quality of meat that followed was excellent and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Highly recommend to meat eaters and anyone with a big appetite. For those willing to push the boat out slightly I would highly recommend the Goose Liver; relatively uncommon but a unique and delicious texture. Having eaten a lot of Middle Eastern/Israeli food I fully expected more of the same, fully exceeded expectations.

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Thank jamlew1
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